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Introducing The Art of Documentary Screening Series

By KJ Relth

We're happy to announce a new showcase for exceptional international documentary film! Supported by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, The Art of Documentary will screen three award-winning international documentaries at The Landmark Theater in West LA. This screening series showcases films that each represent masterful filmmaking craft and a unique and artistic approach to nonfiction storytelling. Recognized by film festivals renowned for showcasing significant filmic achievement, the films in this series each unite compelling real-life stories with exemplary filmmaking technique to create a truly cinematic documentary experience.

THE MISSING PICTURE, directed by Rithy Panh and winner of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard program, will be the film to launch the series on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 7:30pm. The film recounts the director's firsthand experience of how his family and friends suffered at the hands of the Pol Pot's communist regime. THE MISSING PICTURE is a unique documentary that manages to recreate a historical moment that would never be told if not for the sheer creative mind of Panh's innovative storytelling method.

THE NAKED ROOM, directed by Nuria Ibáñez and winner of the Morelia International Film Festival prizes for Best Feature Length Documentary and Best Documentary by a Woman, shows a whole world without leaving a single space: the examination room in a children's hospital in Mexico City. Listening to the children, their parents and the doctors during consultations allows us to have a more profound and complex view of our social reality and of human nature. THE NAKED ROOM will screen Thursday, March 13 at 7:30pm.

SACRO GRA, director by Gianfranco Rosi and winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival 2013, the film tells the tale of a part of Rosi's own country where he roamed and filmed for over two years in a minivan on Rome's Grande Raccordo Anulare, or GRA. Elusive characters and fleeting apparitions emerge from the background of this winding zone. The film will screen Wednesday, March 19th at 7:30pm.

For more information on all the films in the series and to RSVP, please visit The Art of Documentary.